Doctor Who celebrated 50 years of existence last year, and ended its anniversary celebration by regenerating the eponymous Doctor into a 56-year-old grey-haired stick insect or, as he prefers to be called, Peter Capaldi. Some worried this was a risky move, bringing in an older actor after every Doctor since the “reboot” of the show has been a young(ish) actor. Others worried about lead writer Steven Moffat continuing to hold the position after complaints of overcomplicated plots and misogynistic writing during his run. Another complaint was the blandness of concurrent companion, Clara Oswald, as played by Jenna Coleman, I am glad to say, these complaints can all be shoved away. This is the happiest I’ve been with Doctor Who in years.
In 2012, Killer Mike released an album entirely produced by El-P called R.A.P. Music. They then formed a group called Run the Jewels, and released an album of the same name in 2013. These were both the albums of their respective years for me. So you can probably guess what I think of Run the Jewels 2.
The self-proclaimed “King of the South” has returned again with his ninth studio album, Paperwork, first in a trilogy and a spiritual successor to his 2008 effort (and arguably his most popular album) Paper Trail. T.I. has given himself quite a goal, and hence has recruited Mr. “Happy” himself, Pharrell Williams, to executive produce the project, even moving to the same label to facilitate it. However, it’s ironic that, following a single called “No Mediocre”, his album is so middling.
Twilight. The Hunger Games. Divergent. All names of film series, fantasy / science fiction based, with romantic slants, adapted from books that I absolutely cannot stand. There are many reasons for this, whether it be that they’re terribly written, terribly acted, or that the proponents of said films are the most annoying people on the planet, caricatures of the American teen. So you can imagine my joy in finding myself watching yet another teen sci-fi romp: The Maze Runner.
It’s that time of the console generation again. After 3 home runs with the Smash Bros. series on Nintendo 64, GameCube and Wii, Nintendo returns with another instalment overseen by Masahiro Sakurai and developed by Namco Bandai, but with a twist in that the game was co-developed for both 3DS and Wii U. While we have to wait a couple more months to get the Wii U version, we already have what many people have brushed aside as the “watered-down” version of the game.
Breaking Bad, arguably one of the greatest shows in television history, ended over a year ago. By the end of its run, the show had taken the Netflix generation by storm (in essence inventing binge-watching), made its cast and crew basically the most bankable in television, and has now spawned a spin-off in Better Call Saul. In fact, its meteoric rise can be seen in the ratings. The pilot was viewed by 1.4 million viewers; by the time of the finale, “Felina”, the programme had earned 10.28 viewers. But why do so many people, including myself, hail it as the bastion of all drama? Why did it become so popular? Well, let’s have a look, shall we?
So here we are, a good way into 2014, and I haven’t posted anything here in a while. So what better way to start again than by going through my top 5 albums of 2013? There’s probably several, but hey, let’s try it anyway.